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post #1 of 9 Old 10-23-2006, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in the market for new turn signals, unfortunately....

So, today I rode up the hill into town to go see a client. Got done with them, and was headed back home. Hadn't been on the bike in a few days, so decided to take the 'long way' home, which included a quasi-legal connector on some dirt.

Anyway, I was going up a slope, and the bike was down in a rut, and I wanted to climb out of it. So, I moved the front to the top of the rut, and gave it a little juice, but the rear end slide off to the side, as I probably should have known it was going to.

I tried to ease it down, but it was too much. It dropped down fairly hard. I heard the turn signal shatter. :shock:




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Ah well, now I've got that first scratch out of the way. And it really wasn't that bad. I'm not hugely upset about it, really. :?

Anyway, I guess I need a turn signal. I know a lot of folks go with a flush mount, but are they easy for a motorist to see? It seems to be the way to go, but I don't want to put it on if it means that others can't tell where I am planning to go I think I saw a part number that would work the other day in another post..

In a bit of an unrelated post, what are folks doing to gear down the 1000 a tad? I wish it was a little lower in first so I can putt along in the dirt a tad slower.

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I just installed these flush mount lights and they seem to work great.

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-25-2006, 08:40 AM
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I also have the Lockhart-Phillips flush mounts on my bike, and they do seem to work very well. One word of caution, though, is that they are not DOT approved. If you live in an area that requires annual inspections on bikes you may run into a problem with them being used as turn signals.

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You might give http://www.svrider.com/tips/buellsignals.htm something like this a try.

Seems like they don't protrude into the breeze as far and they bend instead of break at the stalk.

Worth a shot @ 4/$25.

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Hey, if you're converting to different signals, you should sell the unsmashed ones to those who are sticking with the stock ones. I just paid $82 Canadian for a new turn signal after trying to use the old one as a kick stand. I'm not planning to try that again, but if I do, I might consider some flush-mounts.

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Turn Signals!

I also mounted the flush mount turn signals on the front of my 06 1000. But the problem i noticed and recieved comments from other riders in the group was that when they were to the front off center they could not see the front turn signals. Then i had the problem that i was turning right and had the blinker on and she was facing me on the on comming lane and also wanted to turn left. Well by chance we stopped at the Quick trip and she asked me very nicely why i didnt have my blinker on. I said i did and looked again from her angle. She was right! $30.00 blinkers off and stock back on! Safety First! Bob
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Well, I ordered some of the 'Lockhart Phillips Flush Mount III' blinkers. We'll see how they work out. I'll post some pics and etc when i get them in.

If I like them, I might go ahead and sell the working one, otherwise, I might be back here trying to find a mate for it to put back on the bike As I said, I want to be seen, but when it comes down to it, I'll just yield to cages in a hurry. I live in New Mexico, where we thumb our noses at any kind of vehicle inspections (well, except in the city limits of Albuquerque). Hell, I drove an old Jeep with almost no brakes, no signals, hardly any brake lights and a full turn of play in the steering for a long while, and I was probably one of the more safe vehicles. :lol:

I took the broken stalk off, and noted that it leaves a huge hole. Hopefully this gets covered up pretty well.

Found another issue, apparently I must have bent the bolt that holds the left bar clamp into the headset. Hard to tell exactly what is wrong, I think I'm gonna take it apart tomorrow and see if I can fix it. As it stands, the bars are oh so slightly cocked to the left, and the right hand guard hits the fairing when you go to lock the bars. Yummy.

Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the suggestions.
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Yeah

I smashed one of mine trying to use it as a kick stand too. then resmashed it when I rode into my shed to park the bike, and the wind caught the door and closed it on the light. Those stalks are wimpy, they are just like the ones on my old DR-350.. My XR has lights that are flexible, not the coolest looking ones but it works for a DP bike. I have tried the after market lights before, just watch out for the super brittle plastics some of them are made of, they spontaneously crack.
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Speaking of svrider.com, those nice "young fellers" over there frequently remove their rear fenders for aesthetic reasons and this creates a pool of surplus blinkers. The stalks are different than the Vstrom fronts, but the blinker body and lense are the same. Disassemble the SV blinker and swap the broken bits onto the Vstrom stalk. Post up over there and ask for a pair. I got a set for $25 last year.
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